My favourite pastime growing up (when not playing tennis against the wall or golf with air balls on the island of grass in the middle of our cul de sac!) was Lego by some margin. My best friend Jez was so much more patient and artistic than me. He would build amazing trucks that actually looked like trucks, whereas the mathematician/scientist in me like cubic and symmetrical designs so all my trucks looked like bricks with wheels! Good and strong but not very life like. My best birthday or Christmas present ever was when I got the Lego technics car. I needed a lot of help from Jez to put it together but it was so awesome to play with. The steering wheel turned the front wheels and there was a drive shat to the rear wheels with a differential and suspension. It was the pinnacle of Lego technology in the 80’s.
When I moved back to Sussex to work at Brighton college one of my greatest joys was being able to spend lovely weekend afternoons with the Helps family. They made me feel like part of the family and Tom and Ed reintroduced me to the joys of Lego as well as football in the garden and walks in the lovely Sussex countryside. That first year in Sussex was not easy for me and times with the Helps family were like a beautiful break from all that I was finding so hard.